Please allow me to apologize to all of our followers, friends, and allies for me not keeping up with weekly blog. There is no excuse. At West Point, the very first day, and for the entire first year, you are only allowed to speak when spoken to, and when spoken to, you can only reply with one of four answers, “Yes Sir, “No Sir”, “Sir, I do not understand”, and “No excuse Sir.” In truth, there was only one correct answer and it was always, “No excuse, Sir.”
Picture being one of those top of the class, super successful, team captain-types that you knew in high school. That’s what all those Academy folks are. (Except for the Naval Academy and Air Force Academy – they will take anyone, and pass out diplomas if you drive slowly through Annapolis or Colorado Springs). In hindsight, I have no idea how I was ever accepted or made it through, but I can tell you – it sucked bad, and I wanted to quit every day. But therein lies the problem. You have to quit. There is no transferring like at a normal college. You get to become a quitter, with a scarlet Q emblazoned on your chest for the rest of your life. Never mind the 11 year decision that you basically make at age 16 – there is just no quitting. So I stuck it through, and then, got to go in the Military (yeah) afterwards (which was indentured servitude reincarnate by the way).
So, on the blogging, and on my personal health journey, there is just no quitting, and failure is not an option. At the Academy, we had almost 20,000 apply, 5,000 achieve nomination from a congressman, senator, the VP or the President, 1,500 that were accepted, and I believe we graduated 686. The reason they teach you “No excuse, Sir,” (which I am endeavoring for everyone at New Age to memorize btw), is that in the military, people’s lives depend on you doing what you say you are going to do. There can be no excuse for not doing it, and if you don't, people can die. I don’t think it is or at least should be any different in business. People, associates, colleagues, investors, all put their trust in you. Their trust, that you are going to do what you say you are going to do. Lives may not be on the line, but livelihoods, sure the heck are. So, you have to accomplish the mission, no matter what the obstacle, and go through it, around it, over it, or under it to take the hill, do what you said you were going to do, and achieve success. There is No Excuse for not doing what you say you are going to do. So, that’s quite a long way of saying that I am going to keep up with my blog and the HEALTH roadmap.
I am starting to build momentum:
H: Hydrate: I’m hydrating and drinking water like crazy. I am averaging about 64 oz a day. Not the 135 recommended by the CDC, but a bit better than the less than 12oz I used to drink.
E: Exercise & Eat Well: Well, the first three weeks of CrossFit were…in a word, torture. I ached like heck, for days after each work out, and just nothing felt comfortable. Mind you, I can go in a gym anywhere, put on reasonable weight on any machine and look good…but at CrossFit there is just no posing. I motored through 4 days a week for each of the past three weeks, all at “O dark-thirty.” (That’s military for too damn early while the rest of the world is sleeping). Now, I actually feel like I almost need the workouts, feel lethargic if I don't hit it, and am starting to ache a lot less.
Today, for the first time in (multiple) years, I completed my first pull up….and completed 50 air squats, 14 chest to bar ups, and 10 hang power cleans…three times through. Today’s WOD (oh, and I have the lingo down now) was called Nasty Girls – and regardless of the name of the workout, I have to agree it was indeed nasty.
On the eating side, I hit my interim target weight of 192 by 2/1/18. That’s down almost 10 pounds, and I only have 11 more to go by 4/1/18. It feels in reach. Of the precursor to weight loss target, I have had no desserts, no fast food, and no soft drinks. On the alcohol side, I failed badly and drank heavily with an F-16 pilot buddy. Of course he buried me on the drinking side. He also buried me on the at CrossFit side. This dude is buff, and a good guy, a good father, and just good all around, despite being part of the Air Force. We did a WOD up at his family “cabin”. At his house, he has a pull up bar, rope climb, kettle bells, CrossFit rower, and wall balls. So – he is sort of serious (you think)? He did have home field advantage as it was his home course and was at like 8,000 ft., so I am living to fight another day.
A: Accomplish, via focus and planning. My number one focus is driving our Company, New Age…to make a difference for consumers around the world with healthier alternatives. Success takes tremendous focus and planning to achieve results. In January we crushed it in both the top and bottom lines, and in February we are even better/stronger. Anytime, you start off with a slow beginning to the year, you end up spending the whole rest of the year closing the gap. We started off superfast, because we started the planning last quarter to ensure a fast start to this year. On the personal front, I have focused on and hit my initial targets. Now I have to continue to at it, and keep on with the routines en route to the next milestone.
L: Love - build relationships, be in the moment, be present. So far over the past month, I have missed 0 family/kid engagements. I have significantly stepped up the 1-1’s with associates and did the 1 thing with James, tying in family with it at the same time, knocking down two birds with one stone.
I did go down suicide hill on the sled up at the cabin. Unfortunately, and un-intendedly I took the jump. (my tail bone still feels it). That being said, being in the moment is really pretty fulfilling, especially being there when my brother-in-law, finally proposed to his long time girlfriend up by a waterfall by the cabin and she said yes! About damn time, but we did anchor the moment with some good Champagne afterwards.
My wife has only had to tell me to get off my device about 25 times over the past 30 days, which is about a 100% improvement. Voice mails are way down too and I am answering calls (except for the incessant robocalls/unknown numbers) which seem to be increasing and are bloody irritating).
T: Think - meditate and visualize. Well, in truth, I have not done any of it over the past few weeks. I developed my personal plan – and am just executing against it. I have a business plan – and we are just executing against it. Over the next few weeks, I will work to find some quiet time.
H: Hibernate – Sleep, reset & regenerate. With the CrossFit at 0500 or 0600, and travel schedule, some days have been 3 hour sleep nights, but my interim target was 6 hours a night. With a few exceptions, I mostly hit it, and for the most part am sleeping throughout the night. I hate to admit this, because I know my wife gets up to feed the baby and I sometimes fake like I sleep through it, but it feels so good to wake up after a sort-of full night’s sleep. (Good thing my wife won’t read this)!